On Friday 31st October, Bantaskin Primary School and Nursery Class had a visit from Anne Black, one of the Eco Schools Assessors. The Eco Committee, along with some of our parents and Falkirk Council representatives treated Anne to an action packed visit. She was given a tour of our Forest Friday woodland site and saw our nursery boys and girls participating in a variety of outdoor learning activities with Lesley Sweeney, our local Park Ranger. Activities included making woodland headbands and finding out what should and shouldn’t belong in a forest.
Once the committee returned to school Anne and the rest of our visitors were treated to some Pumpkin Soup (made by the nursery children) and Apple Crumble (made by P7T) using apples from our school orchard. Everyone commented on how delicious everything tasted. It was also good to see local grown produce being used to good effect, emphasising the importance of ‘grow your own’.
The committee then delivered a super PowerPoint presentation which showcased the work of the committee and the whole school and nursery. They also gave her a tour of the school grounds and she visited a variety of different classes to ensure that eco was firmly embedded throughout the whole school and nursery. Anne was very impressed with how well the children throughout the school and nursery answered all of her questions.
Anne was delighted with the children and the work carried out and renewed Bantaskin’s Green Flag status without any hesitation or action points. Anne thanked our children, parents and other supporters for coming along for the occasion and was very impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm demonstrated by all of the pupils, including the nursery children. She also commented on the excellent use of our school grounds and local area and the increased emphasis on outdoor learning.
Well done Bantaskin Primary School and Nursery class on this fabulous achievement!